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Great resort to stay at
First trip to the Caribbean/Barbados and the resort left nothing out. We picked Tamarind for their all inclusive water sports/buffet breakfast. Everyone employed were friendly and extremely helpful. Very clean and lots of places to relax and enjoy yourself. The breakfast had a ton of options, including fresh cooked eggs by Ether. She will teach you how to make the best omelet!! Thank you Tamarind for providing us with a wonderful experience; we cannot wait to comeback some day.
One of my all time favorite hotel
One of my all time favorite hotels in Barbados. Stayed here now over 7 times and always love it here. Staff are always very warm and friendly. I love seeing familiar faces as well and I love that their staff retention is very high, as some of staff in various departments are still there since we started going here around 2012. Breakfast is Very good especially with Ether’s poached eggs and I look forward to our daily chats. She’s so nice. The rooms are very beautiful and always very clean. Again you can see that the staff love their jobs and that’s always a good thing any where you go. The room was beautiful and well kept. Great housekeeping team. The food. What can I say here. I am sure I will put in about 20 stones from eating too much. The food is epic. It is so good. We were on the full board plan which means breakfast, lunch and dinner which was the best option for us as we are not big drinkers. My favorite meals whilst there were the chicken roti, the mango chicken wings, the deep fried king prawn with sweet potato fries, the garlic lobster, which was served on a creamy mash, and last but not least the tilapia which was the catch of the day. Omg, the food was brilliant. Shalecia, Alesha and Ray from the bar were just some of the names I can remember but overall the staff was excellent. We will definitely be returning and will recommend.
The Excellent, The SERIOUSLY expensive, The BAD and The absolutely Dangerous
The Excellent Everyone said The Tamarind is a bit shabby, in need of renovation etc etc. Yes to all. We emailed and asked for quiet sea view room. When we got there the room was by the pool so we didn’t unpack and they moved us to a room which was very quiet with the most beautiful sunsets. The beach is stunning. The sunbeds – Patrick and a younger man keep the beach tip top. Always good to give Patrick a little something as they work hard to make sure there are beds out by 7am and always clean towels etc. The guests staying at the hotel were all friendly and lovely. Mostly Brits with a few US a/ Canadians. The watersports – free all week. Great touch. The water taxi. Again free. And breaks up your time. Breakfast is a fun affair. Yes the egg lady is Amazing and everyone is friendly like rays of happy sunshine. Bright and friendly. If you are lucky only one or two birds will join you inside. Think the opening scene from The Birds… The beach is stunning – nip just beyond the Treasure beach at 10am every day . the boats come into the beach and feed the turtles and you can just swim out and swim with the turtles for an hour every day . Great fun. The manager’s cocktail party on a Wednesday. Very nice . free cocktails and snacks and a chance to see people in clothes . The little gift shop sells some lovely items. Worth a look. Transport Yellow Reggie Buses which are £1.50 each way – super friendly and will drop you anywhere. We were even walked across the road to a restaurant by one of the drivers to ensure we got across. Amazing – don’t bother with taxi’s unless you have to or it’s after 9.30 ish. Taxi $60 BBD from the airport – The hotel tried to charge us $100 BBD back so we phoned one of the drivers who brought us home late $60 BBD back to the airport. The hotel then charged another couple at the same time $120 to the airport… The SERIOUSLY expensive Everything in Barbados is stupidly expensive. – Everything – from a glass of coke to a meal – stupidly expensive… Fizzy water $10 – $20 BBD – Pizza - 60 BBD + service + tax … Behave. Even the supermarkets are expensive. Really off putting – The hotel restaurant and bar food was a 4/5/ out of 10 and for the price – just not good enough. The BAD Room service – you need to demand your room gets cleaned in the morning – otherwise it’s 5pm. The hotel has internet from circa 1975… it’s like dial – up with Parkinson’s … SHOCKING! We asked for a note as they told us it wasn’t working and they were getting engineers in. The manager then refused to write that down for us as I guess it is like that all the time. A disgrace. We hit the bar for a snack and a drink on the first evening. It was like a really BAD Irish funeral where the person who died everyone disliked. No atmosphere at all. We quickly scurried to our “in need of renovation” room and put it down to timing, jet lag etc etc. The next night – it was the same. After that we went out. The absolutely Dangerous Stone fish – nope me neither. One of the guests stood on a stone fish at the shore line at about 6pm. Just by her sunbed. Her foot went GREEN. Was taken to hospital and put on a drip etc. She was fine – eventually - but there are LOADS of these in the rocks. The most dangerous fish in the world. Not one notice anywhere about these in the hotel etc. Luckily she met Patrick ( The sun bed man) who said – go to the hospital… We were quite nervous after that – even with shoes on. Why would you risk it? The trees with red circles on them – meaning the fruit especially when it rains can be poisonous. There are two of them on the beach. Which is worrying. Restaurants – Whatever you do – Go to the CLIFF – even if it’s for a drink . Stunning. All the restaurants are nice but all offer food that is average and for the price the food is awful. Daphines was the best evening meal we had… from the fixed price Summer menu $98bbd for two courses and a cocktail thrown in… Food was London standard. Would we return? We couldn’t as they don’t have any workable internet. If I want time out – I head the Maldives but even that has super-fast broadband … The issue I have is now there are so many great hotels on beautiful beaches that are keen to see us arrive …
Great authentic Bajan hotel
We stayed here on my 4th visit to the island. It was recommended the last time I was on the island by a local taxi driver. When I come to the Caribbean I don’t want a Hilton hotel I can stay in in London I want a real Caribbean hotel and The Tamarind is this. On a great location on the west coast with lots not to far from the hotel, the hotel and its staff was lovely. Lots of freebies thrown in even for those on B&B including water every night, cold towels round the pool/beach, fruit and ice lolly’s and cocktail evenings. We stayed in an ocean front room, definitely worth the upgrade! Seen some reviews moaning about the rooms and WiFi...surely if you come to Barbados you don’t need to be constantly on your phone! Enjoy the scenery around you! We are in one night and food was a good standard others we went out. Yes it is expensive to eat out however all the food was up to London restaurant standard so prices were fairly even with that. My recommendations would be Fish Pot in Speightstown, Cariba in Derricks (5 min walk) Il Tempio, and of course The Cliff which is just down the road-very expensive but amazing! We tried out the water sports which is great having them free, and did the yoga classes in the morning. Overall I thought Tamarind exceeded my expectation and is my favourite hotel on the island (stayed in Sandals, ocean two and waves). Look forward to returning
A two week relaxing break in the sun.
We have stayed here several times before and the standard was as good if not better. The hotel is constantly upgrading the decor and facilities. The breakfasts and bar food are very good. There are also several good restaurants near by. The staff are friendly and efficient and overall it makes for an enjoyable holiday. The pool areas and beach are spacious compared with other hotels we have seen.
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